(Sept. 4, 2020) Some developers will get a reprieve, as the Worcester County Commissioners voted during their meeting on Tuesday to delay the annual deposits for equivalent dwelling units within the Mystic Harbour Sanitary Service Area for six months.
An annual deposit of $1,000 per equivalent dwelling unit is required for projects that have not been placed into service. These are typically projects in which construction has not begun, but are still within the five-year limit for the sewer service reservation.
According to Bob Mitchell, director of environmental programs, the water and sewer committee wanted to make this a delay rather than a procedure amendment. This delay would help businesses and developers that are strained during the pandemic and have needed to delay plans.
“This is really a business-friendly response to a request from a local develop who wants to retool their development plans,” Mitchell said.
He said there are only three projects in the county that are under that requirement. The developers will have to request the delay, and one has already done so.